April 20, 2005 08:00 AM

REVEALED: The Norwegian Dawn, a New York-bound cruise ship damaged by a 70-ft. freak wave as it returned from the Bahamas on Saturday, reportedly was on its course through gale-force winds so the ship could meet its deadline to appear on The Apprentice. Passengers were only informed in a letter that their arrival time was being changed “because of a special event happening onboard the ship that day,” reports the New Jersey newspaper The Record. No mention was made of a TV appearance. Donald Trump confirmed to the New York Post, however, that the ship was due for his show on Sunday. “We would love to have had them, but obviously they weren’t able to make it,” he said.

SCHEDULED: A Montana judge set a tentative trial date of July 18 for Kelly Frank, who is accused of plotting to kidnap the toddler son of David Letterman, the Associated Press reports. Frank, a painter who had been hired to do work on the Late Show host’s ranch in north-central Montana, was arrested in March after an acquaintance told investigators he had planned to kidnap the young Harry Joseph Letterman and the child’s nanny and hold them for $5 million ransom. Frank has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting to kidnap, theft and obstruction.

WATCHED: Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), 35, and high-end watchmaker Audemars Piguet have announced the creation of a limited-edition timepiece series of 100 watches that will retail for between $23,500 and $69,500. The watches were co-designed by Jay-Z and will commemorate his 10th anniversary in the music industry, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the S. Carter Scholarship Fund.

TESTIFIED: Julianne Moore, 43, appeared before Congress on Tuesday, requesting funds in her role as national spokeswoman for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. “This is a disease of which there is virtually no awareness,” she told the House panel. “TS is a genetic disorder that attacks many of the body’s vital organs. The hallmark is uncontrollable tumor growth in the organs. It’s (also) one of the leading causes of autism and epilepsy.” The four-rime Oscar nominee became involved with the Alliance after a chance meeting on the street with 3-year old Tommy Lindsey and his dad in March 2003, three weeks after the toddler had undergone brain surgery to treat the disorder. Tuesday was her first time speaking at a congressional hearing, and as she told PEOPLE: “It was very friendly. I felt like there was a lot of support for this issue.”

ARRESTED: Mary Carey (real name: Mary Cook), an adult film star who ran for California governor in a 2003 recall election, has been arrested in a raid on a new strip club in a Tacoma, Wash., suburb, say police. She and several others were accused of violating the local adult cabaret ordinance, some (including Carey) by allegedly getting too close to customers and touching themselves in a sexual manner, AP reports. Besides Carey, police arrested another dancer, two managers and the club’s limousine driver, according to authorities, who have turned the matter over to prosecutors. Carey finished 10th among 135 candidates on the ballot in California two years ago. Ultimately, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor.

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